Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sew Fun!

My new goal is to learn how to sew. This is an ability I didn't think I could master. Then I was blessed to receive "The Machine!"

At first, I just stared at it. Hmmmm...what is a crafter to do when presented with such a thing? First, I plugged it in! After sitting idle for ten years before coming into my life, it still works! Okay, now for the next step...threading The Machine. I remember my mother's old sewing machine and the complexity of threading the machine, getting the tension correct, etc. I looked at the manual and thought "could it be THAT easy?" It was!! What next? I would try to sew!

I had some fabric from a decoupage project so I went for it. I set the foot down and push lightly on the pedal and......the needle went up and down but the fabric didn't move. Now, I was challenged to figure this out. I took the manual, went over and over it. After about 45 minutes passed, I finally got it! Change the length of the stitch and VOILA!!!!! I had sewn a straight line.

Now I was motivated with a capital M!!! A couple trips to the fabric store.
It was time to get creative! I found a simple pattern online and I was off. Here is the fruit of my labor. TISSUE COVERS!!!!

All of you sewing experts may not be impressed but I am very impressed with myself! I actually created something with a sewing machine. Now, I was starting to build up some confidence and I found a pattern that was just a bit more complicated. Here is the finished product...A CELL PHONE CASE!!

Now, I will not profess it was easy and everything went perfectly but...I did it!! It is lined with coordinating green fabric. It turned out just a bit bigger than it was supposed to but for my first complex (well, complex for me) pattern, I think it came out looking pretty good. Then inspiration struck and I made a matching tissue cover!
Of course, I had to get a "real" pattern. That chapter won't be written until the weekend. I can't wait to get my machine running again! My mind is full of so many things I want to try. I have a couple of books on hold at the library that might help. I will share my creations as I complete them. Wish me luck!

Remember to count your blessings! God is good indeed!


Anonymous said...

Lucky duck. I have to tell you that if a button fell off it never got worn again, that is how much I hated to sew...same w/ironing. When I finally get around to it, we have new wardrobes.

But something is bubbling up and the inspiration is overwhelming, and lately I have been planting the seed in DH's mind. I would like to have and learn to use a sewing maching. The possibilities are endless!


glorybe1024 said...

Lilly - I felt the same way about sewing but when The Machine came into my life I got inspired.

Myfanwy said...

Oh, this is just the tip of the iceberg. That machine will 'talk' to you in time and you won't be able to stop. Can't wait to see what you do next.

TNT2008 said...

SEWING!! Those fat quarter bundles are a great way to play with projects.

I have been trying to think of another craft to try for quite some time. I may just have to dive in. Have fun with The Machine!

roseworksjewelry said...

That's on my goal list! Maybe you'll see me blogging about this topic in the next year or so :)

Debra said...

I love to sew....and so will you!